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    In-depth studies of selected topics in neuroendocrinology.

    The paper is separated into four modules taught by four neuroendocrinologists. The topics of the modules and the neuroendocrinologists teaching the modules may change from time to time, though it exposes students to topics in neuroendocrinology that are not available in other papers offered by the University.

    About this paper

    Paper title Neuroendocrinology
    Subject Neuroscience
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    ANAT 242 and PHSL 231
    Schedule C
    May not be credited together with NEUR302 passed in 2017 or 2018.

    One of ten 300-level papers that can count towards the major subject requirements for the Neuroscience major. Available as an optional paper for non-Neuroscience students.


    Course convenor: Professor Dave Grattan
    Neuroscience Programme Administrator

    Teaching staff

    Convenor: Professor Dave Grattan
    Dr Rosie Brown
    Dr Joe Yip
    Professor Greg Anderson

    Note: Teaching staff is subject to change. Check department website for updates.

    Paper Structure
    • Module 1: Neuroendocrine regulation of body weight
    • Module 2: Behavioural neuroendocrinology
    • Module 3: Prolactin; a pleiotropic hormone
    • Module 4: Reproductive neuroendocrinology
    Teaching Arrangements

    Each of the four modules will be taught over six 2-hour lecture/tutorial sessions over a three-week period.


    Readings consist of current research articles.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    1. Understand the complex interrelationship between hypothalamic neural circuits, the pituitary gland and endocrine organs in the body
    2. Gain an understanding of how to structure and conduct hypothesis-based neuroendocrine research
    3. Communicate and explain complex scientific concepts in a clear and logical format
    4. Be able to critically analyse the rationale, research methods and results from neuroendocrine journal articles


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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